Universal’s international opening of “Fifty Shades Freed” has taken in $98.1 million in 57 markets since its Feb. 6 international premiere, marking the biggest overseas launch of 2018.
The finale of the erotic romance trilogy launched in first place in 54 markets, and topped Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” for best international weekend of the year, coming in 20% above the action-comedy’s $81 million take during the Jan. 12-14 frame.
The three “Fifty Shades” movies have now totaled $1.09 billion worldwide with strong international performances. “Fifty Shades of Grey” took in $166 million domestically and $404 million internationally in 2015 and “Fifty Shades Darker” grossed $114 million domestically and $266 million internationally last year.
Germany generated the best numbers with $10.7 million at 731 locations, taking 46% of the market. It’s in line with the performance for “Fifty Shades Darker,” which saw Germany as the top territory with $32.6 million.
The U.K. took in the second highest “Fifty Shades Freed” total with $8.8 million at 603 sites, followed by France with $8.7 million. In France, the launch was in a race for first with the second weekend of local comedy “Les Tuche 3.”
Italy saw grosses of $7.2 million, followed by Russia with $6.9 million, Brazil with $6.6 million, Spain with $5.2 million, Australia with $4.8 million and Poland with $2.9 million.
“Fifty Shades Freed” sees Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. “Fifty Shades Freed” is directed by James Foley from a script by Niall Leonard and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, and Marcus Viscidi, alongside the book’s author, E. L. James.
Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” took in $23.5 million from 19,858 screens in 80 markets, led by a $5.6 million launch in France despite winter storms while China’s third weekend generated $3.2 million for a $44.3 million total — surpassing the final total for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in that market. The international total for the finale of the dystopian trilogy has hit $180 million.
Indian comedy “Pad Man” debuted with $8.9 million in five markets, most of that coming from a number one opening in India with $7.9 million at 2,794 screens. The film, written and directed by R. Balki, centers on a determined inventor who upsets his family when he tries to develop and market a low-cost sanitary pad with the goal of improving feminine hygiene.
Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” took $8.7 million from 10,504 screens in 40 markets. The Hugh Jackman musical declined only 13% in the U.K., where it’s hit $35 million in seven weeks. The international total has reached $167.7 million to go along with $146 million domestically.
Disney’s “Coco” grossed $7.8 million in 35 markets to lift its international total to $508.1 million and its worldwide take to$714 million. China is the top foreign market for Pixar’s Oscar-nominated animated comedy-drama with $183.5 million, followed by Mexico with $57.8 million.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” took in $7.5 million from 6,000 screens in 90 territories, pushing the international cume to $516.1 million and the worldwide total to $881.8 million. China is the top market with $76.1 million, followed by the U.K. with $49 million.
Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” grossed $6.2 million in 46 markets handled by Universal and Amblin Partners. The journalism drama has topped $50 million outside the United States.
Warner Bros. saw moderate results for Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris” with $5.3 million on 2,221 screens, led by $1.5 million at 470 Italian screens for a third-place finish and $1.4 million at 411 locations in France. The U.K. generated $400,000 on 323 screens.